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Just as you were thinking things had gone all quiet on the England front, the People carries a helpful reminder that a successor to Terry Venables has still to be named - and puts forward Ron Atkinson as the latest runner.

Big Ron, 56 and heading "upstairs" at Coventry at the end of the season, apparently could be made England's general manager, wise-cracking his way through press and television interviews while Bryan Robson gets on with the serious business of coaching.

Mark Stein's move from Chelsea to Sheffield United, rejected by the player earlier in the season, may be on again, the News of the World says, predicting a pounds 1.3m move by Howard Kendall this week.

However, the People says that Stein's "Chelsea misery" is likely to be ended by a move to Crystal Palace.

The same paper anticipates an arrival at Stamford Bridge in the shape of Neil Ruddock, for whom Glenn Hoddle is supposedly lining up a pounds 3m bid, as well as comings and goings with an Italian flavour in the Midlands, with Coventry apparently eyeing up Padova defender Massimiliano Rosa and Aston Villa expecting a bid from Fiorentina for Serbian striker Savo Milosevic.

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